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Alice Lee (2014)
The Associated Press MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday at age 103. Lee practiced law until a few years ago, following the footsteps of her father — the model for small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, the driving character in "Mockingbird." For a time,...
Almiran Montgomery (1936 - 2014)
The Associated PressWARREN, Vt. (AP) — An author of the popular children's book series "Choose Your Own Adventure" has died in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery was 78.Montgomery's wife says he died Nov. 9 at home in Warren.Montgomery grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Williams College. He was passionate about education and believed interactive fiction was critical to reluctant readers...
Galway Kinnell , 87 (1927 - 2014)
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, said he died Tuesday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He had leukemia. Among the most celebrated poets of his...
Carolyn Kizer, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carolyn Kizer, a feminist Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who spoke her political mind even at age 7, has died in Sonoma from the effects of dementia, her literary executor said. She was 89.Kizer, who won her Pulitzer in 1985 for a collection of work called "Yin" after the female principle in Chinese cosmology, died Thursday at a nursing home, executor...
Siegfried Lenz (2014 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German author Siegfried Lenz, whose works frequently addressed the moral quandaries faced by ordinary people, has died at 88.Publisher Hoffmann und Campe said Lenz died Tuesday in Hamburg.Born 1926 in what is now part of Poland, Lenz was drafted into the German navy toward the end of World War II, deserting in its final days.Starting in 1951, Lenz wrote dozens...
Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish, 94 (1920 - 2014)
DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Deborah, the dowager duchess of Devonshire, the last of the witty, unconventional Mitford sisters, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 94. ...
J. California Cooper (2014)
DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because...
Graham Joyce, 59 (1954 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59...
Valeri Petrov, 94 (1920 - 2014)
The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.Petrov's family said he...
Simin Behbahani, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in...
Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98 (1916 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Salisbury Davis, a prize-winning mystery writer whose books include the best-selling "A Gentle Murderer" and numerous other works praised for their...
Billie Letts (2014)
The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital. Letts' publicist, Arlene Johnson, says Letts died Saturday after a brief illness....
Bel Kaufman, 103 (1911 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity...
James MacGregor Burns, 95 (1918 - 2014)
PHILIP MARCELO, The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote...
Nadine Gordimer , 90 (1923 - 2014)
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nadine Gordimer was first a writer of fiction and a defender of creativity and expression. But as a white South African who hated...
Thomas Berger (2014)
By HILLEL ITALIE NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from...
Curt Gentry, 83 (1931 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Curt Gentry, a San Francisco man who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true-crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.Pat...
Walter Dean Myers, 76 (1937 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children's author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76. ...
Ana Maria Matute, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute, an award-winning author best known for her books set during the Spanish Civil War, has died. She was 88.The Spanish Royal Academy...
Daniel Keyes, 86 (1927 - 2014)
MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Author Daniel Keyes, whose novel "Flowers for Algernon" became a classroom staple that explored the treatment of the mentally...
Eric Hill, 86 (1927 - 2014)
CHANNING JOSEPH, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular...
Susan Spencer-Wendel (2014)
MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated PressWEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Susan Spencer-Wendel, the writer whose best-selling book "Until I Say Goodbye" chronicled her fight to live joyfully as she...
Dr. Maya Angelou, 86 (1928 - 2014)
The Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A memorial service will be held at Wake Forest University for poet and author Maya Angelou, who died last week. Wake Forest says Angelou's...
Oscar Dystel (2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Dystel, a leader of the paperbacks market who transformed Bantam Books into a prolific powerhouse that released best-selling editions of ...
Sam Greenlee, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83.Greenlee was best known for his 1969 novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," later adapted into...
Radu Florescu, 88 (1925 - 2014)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — He was a Romanian-born historian, professor and philanthropist who intrigued American popular culture by writing a book linking the...
Stefanie Zweig, 81 (1932 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German-Jewish writer Stefanie Zweig, best known for her autobiographical novel "Nowhere in Africa" has died. She was 81.German news agency dpa on Sunday cited her...
Alistair MacLeod, 77 (1936 - 2014)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressAlistair MacLeod, the award-winning Canadian author who was best known for his short story collections and novel "No Great Mischief," has died. He was 77...
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87 (1927 - 2014)
E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating...
Nina Cassian, 89 (1924 - 2014)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police...